Country in neighbourhood ‘mother ship’ of terror: PM
At the BRICS Summit attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and leaders of Brazil and South Africa, Modi lambasted Pakistan without naming it, saying it not only shelters terrorists but also “nurtures a mindset” that “loudly proclaims that terrorism is justified for political gains.”
He also appeared to be sending out a message to the Chinese President whose country has blocked designation of Pak-based terror group JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN as he said that those supporting terrorism have to be “punished, not rewarded.”
Modi’s aggressive diplomacy on isolating Pakistan, finally yielded results as the BRICS nations adopted the Goa Declaration later in the day saying that that it is the responsibility of all states to prevent terrorist actions from their territories.
In the 109 point Declaration, the leaders called upon all nations to adopt a comprehensive approach to combating terrorism. They condemned the recent attacks against some BRICS countries, including the Uri terror attack in India.
The leaders condemned terrorism in all its forms and stressed that there can be no justification for such acts. They acknowledged that international terrorism, especially the Islamic State, constitute an unprecedented threat to international peace and security. All five nations reaffirmed the commitment to increase the effectiveness of the UN counter-terrorism framework. In his concluding remarks as the leader of the host nation, Modi said combating cross-border terrorism and its supporters will be a key priority for BRICS.
Modi said it was agreed at the summit that those who nurture, shelter, support and sponsor forces of violence and terror are as much a “threat to us” as terrorists themselves and efforts must be speeded up to deal with the menace. This is seen as a boost to India’s stand on the issue as it has been pitching for isolation of Pakistan for its “terror export”.
Modi said the leaders were unanimous in recognising the threat that terror, extremism and radicalization present to regional and global peace, stability and economic prosperity. “We underscored the need for close coordination on tracking sources of terrorist financing and target the hardware of terrorism, including weapons’ supplies, ammunition, equipment and training,” he said.
On key agenda of the grouping, Modi said putting the global economy back on track was another focal point of the deliberations, adding the discussions at the summit were “detailed, substantive and productive”.
The Prime Minister said there were deliberations on the possibility of setting up an independent BRICS Rating Agency based on market-oriented principles, in order to further strengthen the global governance architecture. Modi said the Goa declaration sets out a comprehensive vision for cooperation within BRICS and international issues. The Prime Minister said there was also a clear need to build norms, create structures and pool capacities to stop tax evasion, and fight against black money and corruption.